Friday, June 19, 2009

Worm Trivia

  • One of the first multi-cell animal to evolve was the worm.

  • Worm cast fossils have been discovered from over 600 million years ago. That's 300 million years before the dinosaur.

  • Most earthworms live an average of 3 to 4 years, but they have been found as old as 15 years.

  • An earthworm found in South Africa measured 22 feet long.

  • In size to strength, worms are about 1000 times stronger than the worlds strongest man.

  • Some people in many countries actually eat earthworms, such as the Aborigines in Australia, the Maoris of New Zealand, and some people in China.

  • Earthworms in a diet have shown to reduce cholesterol. The basic oil in earthworms is Omega 3.

  • Earthworms are 82% protein.

  • Numerous famous people throughout history have been interested in worms.

  • Cleopatra declared them sacred, passing law that forbid farmers from removing them from the soil.

  • Aristotle referred to them as the intestines of the soil.

  • Darwin studied them for 39 years and came to the conclusion " It may be doubted whether there are many animals in the world that have played so important a part in the history of the world than the earthworm.

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